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Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 5th movement Witches' Sabath Berlioz Help Opus Details
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Berlioz's title for this 5th movement of his Symphonie Fantastique is Songe d'une nuit du sabbat, but the English title is usually The Witches' Sabath. It is grotesque, and spooky. Berlioz was miles ahead of his time in writing this highly programmatic music, with incredibly advanced orchestration.

Berlioz's notes read:- He sees himself at a witches’ sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral. Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts. The beloved melody, the idée fixe, appears once more, but has now lost its noble and shy character; it is now no more than a vulgar dance-tune, trivial and grotesque: it is she who is coming to the sabbath… Roars of delight at her arrival… She joins the diabolical orgy… The funeral knell tolls, burlesque parody of the Dies Irae. The dance of the witches. The dance of the witches combined with the Dies Irae.
Category: Symphony Orchestra Featuring EnglishHorn Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   C Minor also featuring Clarinet, Bells Play MP3 using player below.

1    This is the witches' dance, a frenzied tune played by the clarinets.(I've omitted the grace notes and trills from the first 10 notes in the theme dictionary)

2    The bell tolls, then the ancient plainsong melody Dies Irae (Day of Wrath, from funeral service) is heard on the Ophleicide (here scored for 3rd trombone)

3    3rd theme
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